LEARN TO SING THE WAY YOU WANT TO SINGUnlike many vocal teachers who believe "you must sing the right way", I don't try to mold my students into any particular style singing. My primary goal is ensure you learn the tools that allow you to sing the way that YOU want to sing. We work only with songs and styles that you like and care about. So that you can enjoy and connect with what you are singing.
Music is very subjective. What might sound great to one person might sound terrible to another. The only things I that I think are wrong or bad about the way someone sings are things that either hurt their voice or get in their way. I teach you the relevant things you need to know to achieve your ideal vocal sound, and I will not waste your time teaching you things that you don't care about or will not use.
A UNIQUE, PRACTICAL, EFFECTIVE, RELAVANT APPROACHWhen I went to music school, I found many of the ways I was taught to be ineffective, and I realized later that the overall methods were missing several critical pieces that would allow me to sing well. Since then, I have also done research on different, commonly taught vocal techniques and have found similar ineffective aspects and missing pieces. In short, I believe that what tends to be taught doesn't work that well. So...
Using my school and research experiences as a guide of what not to teach, and through my experience teaching hundreds of students with diverse interests, abilities and backgrounds since 2001, I have developed many unique, practical, effective, relevant methods of teaching and vocal techniques that are easily understood, applied and integrated. These methods and techniques allow you to simply connect to your voice and experience noticeable progress without getting bogged down in unnecessary theories or busywork. I help you find the full potential of your voice, while clearly understanding what you are doing and why you are doing it. These methods cover the whole of what you need to sing well in most common styles, and as mentioned, are tools that allow you to sing the way that YOU want to sing.
Sherry, a singing, songwriting & piano student, playing and singing one of her original songs.
EFFECTIVE FOR NEVER-EVER, HOBBYIST, PRO/SEMI-PROAs a kid, I had no innate musical ability, did not grow up in a musical family and did not begin to learn music until high school. In fact, when I was first teaching myself to sing, my mom commented that my singing voice sounded like a whale. Suffice to say, my musical abilities have since improved through a lot of self-work/experimentation, through attending college for music, through playing in bands and recording, and through developing new ways of teaching music.
I consider my non-musical origins to be a huge advantage in teaching, because my insights into the various stages of my own musical development allow me to relate to and work with students at different levels, from never-ever-can't-sing-a-note to hobbyist to pro/semi-pro vocalist. I can walk you through the beginning stages of hold a tune or help you stretch and fine tune your professional abilities or anywhere in between. I have no expectations of what someone 'should' know, and I have developed techniques of teaching that can help students of at any level and with any background or goals.
COMMON THINGS YOU WILL LEARNThese are aspects I commonly teach, but is not a complete list:
- Breath: get out of your own way & maximize what you can sing
- Range: understanding, stretching, false register, transitions
- Inner hearing: matching notes & singing a melody
- Power, projection & resonance
- Warming up: so you sing your best & don't hurt your voice
- Intonation: singing right on a note without wavering
- Relaxing throat: so you don't hurt your voice & have more control
- Tonal quality: the bass and treble control on your voice
- Natural voice: your unique singing voice
- Strength: condition your voice for endurance
- Styles: pick whatever styles you like: blues, pop, country, soul, heavy, rock, singer-songwriter, jazz, etc.
- Songs: pick whatever songs you want to sing
- Optional techniques: vibrato, performance, harmony singing, sight reading, audition prep, recording, vocal distortion, etc.
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